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Wringer Washing Machine This used to be the height of household technology--a wringer washing machine. My mother had one until about 1972! (It was a little more modern than this type, though.) Mom wasn't alone. I recently read an article that said wringer washing machines outsold automatic washing machines in Canada well into the 1960s!
Tags: wringer  washing  machine 
Added: 25th February 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Twiggy The scrawny modern supermodel originated with Twiggy, a British model, in 1967. Her real name was Lesley Hornby. She weighed just 90 pounds and had measurements of 31-23-32. Her 27-year-old boyfriend/manager, Nigel Davies, skilfully packaged Hornby as Twiggy, and within months she became the world's top fashion model, appearing in Vogue and Elle magazines before taking New York by storm. Twiggy's cropped haircut (shorter than most boys wore at the time) made her something of an androgynous figure. Her trademark was to paint eyelashes on her lower lids. These became known as Twiggies. Over the years, Twiggy's exceedingly slim figure was blamed for the rise in anorexia cases. Depite her fame, Twiggy remained humble and true to her East London roots. She once told Life Magazine, 'I know I'm not beautiful or glam. But with me funny face, me funny skirts, and me funny accent, somehow it combined to work out just lovely.'
Tags: Twiggy  model 
Added: 22nd November 2007
Views: 1779
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Posted By: Lava1964
1920 Olympic Games Poster This is a poster advertising the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Antwerp was awarded the 1920 Olympics largely for sentimental reasons. It had been the first war-ravaged country during the Great War. (It is interesting to note that Germany was not invited to participate in these Olympics.) Of all the official posters made for the modern Olympic Games since they were revived in 1896, this one appeals to me the most.
Tags: 1920  Olympic  Games  poster 
Added: 29th November 2007
Views: 1826
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Posted By: Lava1964
Who Killed The Red Baron This is an interesting documentary clip about the Red Baron's last flight. On April 21, 1918, Germany's Manfred von Richthofen (known more familiarly to the world as The Red Baron) was shot down in France while pursuing Canadian aviator Wop May. For years there was considerable debate about who actually fired the fatal shot that killed Richthofen. A Canadian pilot named Roy Brown was given credit for the kill by the Royal Flying Corps. The Australians gave credit to one of their machine gunners on the ground. Modern forensic investigations tend to favor the Australian claim.
Tags: Red  Baron 
Added: 6th December 2007
Views: 2321
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Posted By: Lava1964
All Quiet on the Western Front  Final Scene One of the few movies that was better than the novel upon which it was based: All Quiet On The Western Front (1930). It's the story of a German youth, Paul Baumer, who patriotically volunteers for service in the First World War with his classmates. His enthusiasm quickly fades to cycicism as the horrors and brutality of modern warfare become apparent. This famous final scene (which does not appear in the novel) shows Baumer being shot by a French sniper while he reaches for a butterfly.
Tags: All  Quiet  on  the  Western  Front 
Added: 10th December 2007
Views: 1818
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ambrose Small Case 1919 One of the most intriguing missing persons cases is that of Toronto theatre magnate Ambrose J. Small. Small was last seen alive on December 2, 1919 after selling his theatre chain for $1 million--a fantastic sum in those days. He lunched with his wife Theresa at the King Edward Hotel, gave her the check to deposit in their bank account, bought some newspapers from a young street vendor--and vanished forever. Small's disappearance was not reported to the police by his wife for nearly two weeks, leading to speculation that she was involved. Theresa was well known in Toronto for her charitable deeds and was used to Ambrose vanishing without warning for extended periods while away on gambling binges. To spare Theresa embarrassment, the Toronto Police did not formally announce Small was missing until his disappearance was reported in the Toronto Star in January 1920. Small had made his fortune in the theatre business staging low-brow plays often with risque themes. After his disappearance it was discovered that Small had a secret 'love nest' above his Grand Opera House in Toronto where he often 'entertained' chorus girls. Not long after Small vanished, his bookkeeper John Doughty vanished too with $105,000 in bonds taken from Small's safe deposit box. Doughty was later found in Oregon and arrested for theft. He was given a five-year prison sentence. Despite international headlines and a $50,000 reward, no trace of Small was ever found. An elderly Grand Opera House employee claimed to have overheard a violent argument between Small and Doughty on the afternoon Small vanished. The case was officially closed by Toronto police in 1960. Modern investigators recently found a memo written by an investigating officer in 1936, a year after Theresa died. The memo stated there was ample evidence that Ambrose Small had been murdered and that both Theresa Small and John Doughty were guilty of the crime--indicating that the Toronto Police were somehow involved in a major cover-up. The ghost of Ambrose Small is said to haunt one of his old theatres in London, Ontario.
Tags: Ambrose  Small  disappearance 
Added: 15th December 2007
Views: 2433
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Posted By: Lava1964
Vintage Washing Machine Ad Vintage ad suggests men buy their wives washing machines for Christmas The copy reads: Here is the opportunity for every man whose wife hasn't a modern new electric washing machine to do his duty and enable her to solve the Monday problem for years to come. Be a real Santa Claus to the wife -- get her a new Model 20 Automatic -- the electric washer on which you save 1/3... i better NOT get one of these for Christmas!!
Tags: vintage        washing  machine      ad 
Added: 22nd December 2007
Views: 3248
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Posted By: Teresa
Pedal Powered Washing Machine Bart Orlando demonstrates that one person has the power to wash clothes in a pedal powered Wringer washing machine. The wringer eliminates the spin dry function, standard on modern washing machines. One person can do 1/3 of a normal load of laundry in about 30 minutes. An exercise bike is substituted for the orignal 2hp 110v electric motor. A fan-belt is rapped around the flywheel of the exercise bike and a pulley which drives the original transmission of the Wringer Washer. . . humm . .
Tags: Bart  Orlando    inventions    pedal-powered  washing  machine 
Added: 22nd December 2007
Views: 1616
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Posted By: Teresa
Modern Times Final Scene Charlie Chaplin's last film in which he played his famous tramp character was Modern Times (1936). Many of his films ended with Chaplin walking or running down a highway. This is the only time he has a companion.
Tags: Modern  Times  Charlie  Chaplin 
Added: 27th December 2007
Views: 1726
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Posted By: Lava1964
For A Few Dollars More The second of the Dollars trilogy, sees Ennio Morricone once again bring memorable music to one of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns. I'm a bit biased when it comes to Ennio As he is one of my top ten modern composers.
Tags: Morricone  Leone  Eastwood  Spaghetti  Westerns 
Added: 12th January 2008
Views: 1473
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Posted By: donmac101

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